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In Memory of Rose Wilcox

Rose Mae (Simmons) Wilcox passed away at the age of 100 years and ten months at Christian Community Home in Hudson, WI on December 18th, 2020.

Rose was born on February 24th, 1920 in Savannah, GA as one of eight children of the late Ida S. Simmons and Herbert B. Simmons.  As a child, she enjoyed southern life and often talked about swimming in the community pool and attending many dances with her sisters.  She attended Savannah Public School and graduated from Commercial High School in Savannah in 1939.

While she was working in the secretarial pool at the Naval Office in Savannah during WWII, she met Naval Seaman Howard Wilcox and was quickly swept off of her feet.  They married on December 23rd 1945 and began their life together.  Following Howard’s career path, they lived in Alton IL, Milton WI, River Falls WI, and finally settled in Hudson WI.  She was a stay-at-home wife/mother raising their three sons Bill, John, and Bob.  Being the only female in the household, she did her best to teach them proper manners, the value of church life, and routine household tasks like setting the table and ironing!  After many years on Summer St., they built their dream home on Audubon Lane and lived there until Howard’s passing in 1984.  She then moved back to her southern roots on the family property near Bluffton, SC.  Many vacations and memories were enjoyed by her family when visiting her in the LowCountry.  She taught us all how to throw the shrimp net and catch crabs with a chicken leg on a string off the dock.  All while keeping an eye out for alligators!  She always looked forward to showing off the South to the family.  After living on her own until age 95, she moved back to Hudson to be closer to her sons and their families.

Rose was an excellent cook, especially enjoyed hosting dinner parties and family gatherings.  She was especially proficient with her needlework—Cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting, knitting, and crocheting.  Everyone in the family has a treasured piece of her handiwork in their home.

In her later years she enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially golf, tennis, football, Duke basketball, and many MN Wild hockey games with son John.

Rose was a classy southern lady, who never lost her Georgia accent!  She will be greatly missed, but we will have wonderful memories of her and remember how lucky we were to have her in our lives for so long.

She is survived by her sons, Bill of River Falls (RaeAnn of Hudson), John of Somerset, Bob (Becky) of Altoona.  Grandchildren, Paul of New Richmond; Darah, (fiancé Tim Purvis) of St. Paul, MN; Rachael (fiancé Broc Kensmoe) of Strum, WI; and Andrew (Eva) of Minneapolis, MN.  Three great-grandsons, Jacob, Matthew, and Asa.  She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Fleming of Durham, NC. and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Howard; as well as her siblings, Margaret Bowden, H. Benjamin Simmons II, Nell Brannen, Robert Simmons, Vivian Bragg, and Lois Rockwell.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials can also be sent directly to: Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, 813 West Wells St, Milwaukee, WI  53233-1436, RE: Rose Wilcox Memorial Fund. For more info, please call 715-386-3735, or email info@oconnellfuneralhomes.com.

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    • Our mom Ruth and my 3 siblings Howard, Tim, and Mary will always have very fond memories of Rosie (Aunt Rosie of course to us younger Fleming folks). We’ll always cherish the time we spent with her and our Wisconsin cousins when they came down south to SC/GA. As the oldest child in our family I’ll never forget our trip up to Hudson, WI, tubing down the Apple River, and listening to The James Gang with cousin John. Aunt Rosie, Uncle Howard, and our cousins were gracious enough in allowing us to invade their privacy for several days. Know that Aunt Rosie was loved by us all, and she will certainly be missed but not forgotten.

      John Fleming

    • Rose and Howard were family friends for many years in the 60’s and 70’s with our family. I remembering many visits to Hudson for great meals and conversations between our families. Not to mention being sent outside to play with all the boys. The good old days are never far from my memories of Rose and Howard. Sorry for your loss.

      Larry Swanson

    • To the family of Rose.
      It was a great pleasure to care for Rose durong her time
      at Pine Ridge. We had many wonderful conversations .
      She was a true southern belle. I enjoyed opening and
      pouring her a glass or two of wine. Thoughts and prayers
      To all. She will not be forgotten.

    • Dear Rose’s Family.
      Rose and Howard were active members of our church, St. Paul’s Episcopal in Hudson.
      Rose loved her children, was a perfect hostess. She made a mean egg nog at her gala events at Christmas. I will always remember her for her style, grace and that beautiful Southern accent.
      Many memories. She won’t be forgotten.
      Patti Muenich